Barbara Lee is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Barbara’s PhD is in Social Work; and Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada. She received her Master’s in Social Work specializing in children and families; and Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies from the University of Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Social Work specializing in child welfare from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Queen’s University, Canada.

Barbara was the 2016 recipient of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Transforming Child Welfare Dissertation Award for her research entitled “Examining child welfare outcomes for Asian-Canadian children and families: A mixed methods study”. Her research interests include racial disparities and racial disproportionality in child welfare and social services, cross-cultural social work, evidence-informed practices with children, youth, and families, and the use of simulation in social work education. Barbara is an academic affiliate of the SIM Social Work Research Lab at Carleton University.

Barbara has direct practice experience as a youth worker for new immigrant adolescents and as a child and youth care counselor in residential group home settings. She has worked extensively as a frontline child protection worker conducting child maltreatment investigations and ongoing child protection/family preservation services for ‘high-risk’ children and families.

Selected Publications:

Tufford, L., & Lee, B. (2020). Relationship repair strategies when reporting child abuse and neglect. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 2020(37), 335-249. doi: 10.1007/s10560-020-00656-6

Tufford, L., Bogo, M., Katz, E., Lee, B., & Ramjattan, R. (2019). Reporting suspected child maltreatment: Educating social work students in decision making and maintaining the relationship. Journal of Social Work Education. 55(2019), 579-595. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1600442 

Tufford, L., & Lee, B. (2019). Decision-making factors in the mandatory reporting of child maltreatment. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 2019(12), 233-244. doi: 10.1007/s40653-018-0211-2

Lee, B., Fuller Thomson, E., Fallon, B., & Trocmé, N., & Black, T. (2017). Asian-Canadian families involved in the child welfare system in Canada: A mixed methods study. Child Abuse and Neglect, 70 (2017), 342-355. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.06.022

Lee, B., Fuller Thomson, E., Black, T., Fallon, B., & Trocmé, N. (2017). Examining child welfare decisions and services for Asian-Canadian versus White-Canadian households in the child welfare system. Child Maltreatment, 22(2), 132-144. doi: 10.1177/1077559517690829

Bogo, M., Lee, B., McKee, E., Ramjattan, R., & Baird, S. (2017). Bridging class and field: Field instructors’ and liaisons’ reaction to information about students’ baseline performance derived from simulation interviews. Journal of Social Work Education. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2017.1283269

Lee, B., Fuller Thomson, E., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., & Black, T. (2016). Delineating disproportionality and disparity of Asian-Canadian versus White-Canadian households in the child welfare system. Child and Youth Service Review, 70, 383-393. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.10.023

Fallon, B., Black, T., VanWert, M., King, B., Filipelli, J., Lee, B., & Moody, B. (2016). Child maltreatment-related service decisions by ethno-racial categories in Ontario in 2013. Toronto, ON: Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal.

Fallon, B., Van Wert, M., Trocmé, N., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Lefevvre, R., Allan, K., Black, T., Lee, B., Rha, W., Smith, C., & Goel, S. (2015). Ontario incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect – 2013 (OIS-2013). Toronto, ON: Child Welfare Research Portal.

Bogo, M., Lee, B., McKee, E., Baird, S., & Ramjattan, R. (2015). Field instructors’ perceptions of foundation year students’ readiness to engage in field education. Social Work Education. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2015.1123689

Lee, B., Rha, W., & Fallon, B. (2014). Physical abuse and Asian families in the Canadian child welfare system. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 23(5), 532-551. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2014.904462

Bogo, M., Shlonsky, A., Lee, B., & Serbinski, S. (2014). Acting like it matters: A scoping review of child welfare training. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7, 70-93. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2013.818610

Ma, J., Van Wert, M., Lee, B., Fallon, B., & Trocmé, N. (2013). Non-English/non-French speaking caregivers involved with the Canadian child welfare system: Findings from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008). International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 1(1), 22-34.